Postdoc in Enzyme Degradation of Alginate

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A postdoctoral position is available from August 1st in connection with the project “WPAC, Structure and Design of Whey Protein Alginate Complexes” granted by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The research is carried out at DTU Bioengineering in collaboration with Department of Biotechnology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim; Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen; Center for Molecular Protein Science, Lund University and Department of Food Science, University of Copenhagen. This postdoctoral project will focus on discovery, structure, substrate specificity, mode of action and synergy of alginate degrading enzymes from gut bacteria including the ability to degrade alginate-whey protein.complexes. This position is an excellent opportunity for acquiring experience within fundamental protein chemistry and enzymology relevant for a range of applications in biotechnology and food science.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The new postdoc will focus on discovery and characterization of alginate degrading enzymes from gut bacteria in collaboration with our partners and young scientists in our research groups. The methods include genome mining, recombinant production of candidate enzymes, identification of reaction mechanisms and specificity including use of mutational analysis, crystallization and structure characterization as well as assessment of efficacy in degradation of alginate-whey protein complexes. Applicants are required to have excellent qualifications in two or more of the areas listed below.

  • Alginate-protein interactions
  • Structural characterization of alginate-protein complexes
  • In vitro digestion of whey protein alginate particles
  • Candidate gene identification and recombinant protein production
  • Protein structure/function relationships

As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

The period of employment is up to 1 year and 3 months.

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Further information
The postdoc will be associated with the Enzyme and Protein Chemistry group at DTU Bioengineering. You may get further information from Prof. Birte Svensson or +45 20 74 62 05.

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 25 June 2021 (Danish time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications
  • Letters of recommendation (optional)

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Bioengineering is an important contributor to the areas of biotechnology, food technology and human and animal health, through the advances we make in research, technology and innovation and through the training and education of first-class BScs, MScs and PhDs in bioengineering.

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